Two men accused of armed robbery were apprehended in Morristown on Tuesday, Oct. 29, soon after the alleged crime.
Kristopher Salls, 38, of Morristown and Eric Champagne, 27, of Barre each face a charge of assault and robbery and a second charge of aiding in the commission of a felony.
Morristown police said Champagne, who tried to run off when officers caught up with the pair, also faces charges of unlawful restraint, unlawful mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and interference with access to emergency services, based on those actions and other incidents in town.
A warrant for Champagne’s arrest had been issued before the incident.
Police received reports of an armed robbery at a Route 100 residence in Morristown at 3:35 p.m. last Tuesday. One of the crime victims reported that two men, one of whom had a knife, entered the home, stole a small amount of cash, then fled in a vehicle that the victim was able to identify for police.
Officers stopped that vehicle on Route 15 near the Maplefields convenience store. When the driver, Salls, pulled over, his passenger, Champagne, jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot east toward Price Chopper, police said.
Morristown officer Nate Wolfe chased Champagne down on foot, catching him on the bank between Route 15 and Price Chopper. Wolfe suffered facial injuries while apprehending Champagne, but had returned to duty by Monday night, Nov. 4, Police Chief Richard Keith said.
Salls also received traffic tickets for failing to stop at a stop sign, driving after civil license suspension and drinking alcohol while driving.
After both men were booked by police, Champagne — who was wanted by the Vermont Department of Corrections — was turned over to that agency and will be arraigned at a later date.
Salls was taken later that night to Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury and was arraigned Oct. 30 in Lamoille County Superior Court.
Police said no civilians were injured during the robbery or subsequent chase.